Categories: Evangelism

I was sitting here pondering the word “Thanksgiving”.

Not the day, not the event, not the history behind it, but the word itself.

Thanksgiving is a compound word: thanks, then giving. The Apostle Paul uses the word (eucharistia) here in the Greek this way:
1 Co 14:16 Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying?

This word is where we get “Eucharist” from. Communion! That which is intimate, that which is focused solely on the Lord, alone. I guess what I’m saying is this word (Thanksgiving) for a child of God should be understood ‘separated’ first before we combine the two. Think of it like this: what really have we been given? Personalize it; what have you been given? Who gave it to you, and why? Only then, can we rightfully give thanks, by understanding what was freely given to us. Paul, by the Holy Spirit, places what was given before us, and in return what we should give thanks for.

Colossians 1:13-23
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him.
17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Truly, words of Thanksgiving.

Coram Deo,

Categories: Evangelism

How many times in the last week have you been around someone you’ve never met?
Was your response” I wonder if he/she is born again?” Was your response ” I don’t care which Adam they are in ; the first man of dust, or the second, Jesus our Lord!” Or was it ” Neither; You simply never even gave their spiritual condition, any thought.”

This first CDA blog post, is more about ‘reflection’ than just filling a blog page.
Please read this portion of Luke’s Gospel and email me what you see that our King is teaching us; His kids?”

LUKE 10:1-16 (ESV)
1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go.
2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
3 Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.
4 Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road.
5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’
6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you.
7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house.
8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you.
9Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say,
11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’
12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
14 But it will be more bearable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.
15 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.
16 “The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

I do have one question: Can you, find yourself, in this teaching?

Coram Deo,